Lightroom Classic: A real plugin architecture to make TIFF files unnecessary

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My number one feature request would be a real plugin architecture for Lightroom. It's just kind of nuts that to use any sort of plugin or external application, I have to create a separate TIFF file. The TIFF files break workflow by losing all the history of adjustments applied to the RAW before creating the TIFF, they're a pain to manage, and they take up a large amount of space on disk.Perhaps Lightroom could let plugins create mask overlays or something like that, which would integrate with the develop history. But anything that would avoid the necessity of creating a TIFF file would be welcome.
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Kim Letkeman

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I am completely addicted to Lightroom and have installed a few extensions that I enjoy, but what a massive hack to launch all these disparate tools and end up with either a TIFF or a PSD as a physical copy. Very un-Lightroom-esque ...

We need plugins to slide into the rendering stack as native layers. In fact, native layers for each panel would be a nice, smooth way to get this done ...

Ie. when I get a panel exactly the way I want, I would like to be able to use transparency for the whole panel (a.k.a. layer) to fine tune the effect ... not tweak all the individual sliders ad nauseum. This would further allow the inclusion of multiple panels of the same type (maybe that is already possible, but I don't think so) which I often find useful to allow me to concentrate on one effect at a time.

I realize that this would put the Photoshop franchise at risk, so I will happily continue to suffer with Lightroom's limitations if that is meant to be ...
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I guess this issue is dead.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Eliminate Photoshop round trip for Focus and Noise Reduction stacking.

It is enough to learn Lightroom and admittedly I've more to learn (appreciate the web tutorials and the Evening book), adding full Photoshop to my skill set is just not going to happen. HDR stacking is a model for a human interface:
  • select images to stack
  • CTRL-H (Windows) 
  • Enter key to confirm merge
  • back in either Library or Develop module, depending on the start point 
How about CTRL-N for noise reduction stacking and CTRL-F for focus stacking? 
I've finally produced a small document for focus stacking, EVERY YouTube video and articles by big name photographer-x has multiple errors and unnecessary complexities. The errors are probably due to steady changes to the Photoshop interface but Photoshop experts like to make things difficult. Next is to do one for focus stacking now that I own a camera that is fast enough for shooting a modest range of images.  
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They merged HDR stacking into Lightroom, which is not only more straightforward but the result is higher quality. Hence it seems likely that they could move over other popular processes.